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07-02-2013, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
Yakimov is big, strong, and has excellent balance on his skates for his size. He handles the puck well, has a strong shot from in close, and I thought he played well enough in the Subway Series to have a good shot at making last year's World Junior team. It will be really interesting to see how well he progresses this season. There is a good chance he will be on the World Junior team in Finland.
I agree, he must have been the last cut because he looked good in the Subway series. I know Gandler has him working with some specialists right now to work on his speed for next season. If he can pick up a few gears, expect him to dominate the WJCs. He is expected to play in Nizhnekamsk, but if he is demoted to the VHL, he should dominate that this year. The intrigue with him is that he is physically mature beyond his years and he has soft, soft hands for a big man (6'5" at the combine).

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